Book: Kitten & Squirrel (Kitten and Friends) (Volume 3) by Aviva Gittlecategories: Book, Cats, Friendship, Manners, Morals & Values, Picture Books, Books for Kids, Kittens, Animal Stories, Squirrels, Kid's Books, Bedtime Stories, Children's Book
Aviva Gittleabout this book: "Kitten & Squirrel" is the fourth book in the "Kitten and Friends" series. I wrote all seven stories in a frenetic 2-3 months back in 2013. Inspired by the first book, "Kitten & Butterfly," I knew I had a great concept for a series. Fortunately, I wrote the stories quickly because it's taken years to complete the books. In fact, I still have three more stories to publish.
There are advantages to slowing down the publishing process. "Kitten & Squirrel" had already been through my stringent editing process. No less than four editors had prepared the story for publication. However, when I read the so-called final version after several months, I knew something wasn't right about the story.
As I often do, I went straight to Sara Dean, who has edited all of my children's books. Sure enough, she brought new perspective to the story. Changes were made mainly to the beginning and end. In fact, an illustration I had rejected was inserted back into the book. (Where Kitten is looking at a bug and his hair is standing on end; he's showing Squirrel how he communicates his feelings to humans using his tail.)
"Kitten & Squirrel" introduces — subtlety — the concept of envy. The story shows children that others may have something they don't, but that the reverse is also true. Friends celebrate each others' strengths and accomplishments.
"Kitten & Squirrel" has a 5-star rating on Amazon. One reviewer says, "Who knows what a beautiful world it might be if all children learned early that they are wonderful just as they are, that they don't have to be like anyone else. Kitten & Squirrel teaches that." Kitten managed to convey that truth without ever uttering those words. Like his human author friend, he prefers to teach and not preach. :-)
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